Body Composition Testing
Various methods are used to determine body composition including Bod Pod, ultrasound, and bioelectrical impedance. Body composition goes beyond the number seen on a the scale and determines if weight comes from fat mass or fat-free mass, . Fat-free mass which includesis everything in the body is not made of that is not fat, such as muscle and bone. There is a strong link between high body fat percentage and increased risk for diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Metabolism is the medical term for the rate at which the body burns calories. Weight management involves a delicate balance between calories burned and calories consumed. Metabolic testing results provide the exact number of calories required for weight loss, gain, or maintenance.
Exercise testing is an assessment of biometrics (height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, and heart rate) and the four components of health-related physical fitness:
- Aerobic fitness (VO2 Submax)
- Muscular fitness (Endurance and Strength)
Health Educators use exercise test results as a planning tool for exercise prescription and motivation to assist participants in establishing and meeting reasonable physical activity, fitness, and health goals.
Stress Management and Biofeedback
Stress and strong emotions can cause or worsen various health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, headaches, strokes, and depression. AFWC offers Biofeedback and education in stress relief techniques and coping skills to help combat daily stress. Biofeedback is a technique used to measure and control the body’s response, such as heart rate and breathing patterns, to stress.
Health and Wellness Coaching
Health Educators within the AFWC partner work with clients in an individuals’through the behavior change process. The process involves providing education, supporting with goal setting, the client as they set goals, and access intrinsic motivations to encourmotivation to developage the development of sustainable healthy behaviors and attitudes.